FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2016
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on EPA Public Hearing on the Clean Energy Incentive Program Under the Clean Power Plan
Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson on the Clean Energy Incentive Program proposed rule. The EPA is holding a public hearing on this topic today in Chicago, Illinois.
“The Council is encouraged that EPA is continuing to move forward with the Clean Energy Incentive Program proposed rule despite the Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Energy Incentive Program is an important part of the Clean Power Plan, and we applaud EPA’s intent to incentivize early investments in clean energy, with a special emphasis on low-income communities.
“States are working to determine how they will meet the goals of the final Clean Power Plan, and the CEIP provides a way to jumpstart carbon reductions. The Program can incentivize states to begin emission reductions prior to the compliance period and increase their use of clean energy, with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
“The objectives of the Clean Energy Incentive Program build on what is already happening in the marketplace, where we are witnessing a clean energy transformation. As shown by the findings of the 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, 2015 was a watershed year: US power sector carbon emissions fell to their lowest annual level since the mid-1990s. The net impact on consumers was negligible to positive, as prices for electricity and fuel remained low by historic standards and customer choices expanded. The Factbook importantly notes that many of the key changes seen in 2015 are likely permanent shifts rather than temporary adjustments due to one-time events.
“States are on the front lines of the changes in the power sector and want to create policy frameworks that meet their energy and economic development needs. The Clean Energy Incentive Program, as part of the Clean Power Plan, gives states the necessary tools to meet their energy goals while also providing economic benefits to low-income communities.”
Read the full press release here.